Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, Verklarte Nacht / Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 1/8/2013
Label: Guild
Catalog Number: GHCD2388-89
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Number of Discs: 2

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Recent releases of broadcast performances by the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski on the Guild Historical have proved enormously successful and have received glowing praise from the critics worldwide. In this remarkable double-album we bring together two of Stokowski's momentous performances - one live, one studio - of the music of Arnold Schoenberg. It is a little-known fact that Stokowski was the only conductor to perform all of Schoenberg's orchestral music during the composer's lifetime, and he conducted the world premieres of two of the composer's greatest works - the Violin Concerto and the Piano Concerto. In 1961, he led a truly overwhelming account of Schoenberg's great 'Gurrelieder', of which Stokowski had given the US premiere in 1916; nine years before, he made this fabled recording of 'Verklaerte Nacht' with a hand-picked orchestra. The result is an issue of the highest importance, and the booklet notes are by Stokowski himself.
Works on This Recording
1. Gurrelieder by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer: James McCracken (Tenor), Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano), Alvar Lidell (Spoken Vocals), Nell Rankin (Mezzo Soprano), John Lanigan (Tenor), Forbes Robinson (Bass)
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1900-1911 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leopold Stokowski Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899/1943 ; Vienna, Austria
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